A Perspective on LGBTQ+
Happy pride week!!! I will be excited to see everyone in the Pride Parade!
In recent years, after the legalization of Equal Marriage and becoming transgender, the LGBTQ+ community and hashtag exploded onto the Internet, becoming an American fad. Following this, a lot of my friends declared transgender, non-gender, Demi gender, lesbian, gay, etc.
But one thing I never understood. Why were there so many different divisions of LGBTQ+ and so many different labels if the whole purpose of LGBTQ+ movement was to accept everyone?
Some of the biggest problems of LGBTQ+ were locker room and bathroom issues. After Target allowed customers to go to the bathroom of their preferred gender, stocks plummeted because customers felt, frankly, unsafe.
I had always thought that this issue would be solved if people went to bathrooms according to their biological sex, which is very determined and could act any way that they want because being female or male didn’t correlate to any masculine or feminine traits.
I thought that people who were transgender were slightly hypocritical because they associated with their perceived notions of what the opposite gender was like. I never understood what transgender people feel like and what becoming the opposite gender is because I thought that you associating themselves as the opposite gender, they were creating a box for themselves of what a gender was. It confused me very much.
The demi genders and others confused me a lot too and I often complained to my friends who were part of the LGBTQ+ community that having so many names and labels were against the very philosophy of LGBTQ+.
My friend then said something very interesting. She said that the point of having all the labels even though a lot of people are against them was so that people of each sub group of the LGBTQ+ community could find people like themselves and relate to them.
This blew my mind and made a lot of sense. Maybe I’ll still never understand transgender, but labeling and grouping has always been the way that humans create organization within chaos and find friendly faces in a sea of strangers.